Please make sure your work area is covered and you are not working on an unprotected surface. We recommend working on the Sculpey® Work ‘n Bake Clay Mat, wax paper, metal baking sheet, or disposable foil. Uncured clay may damage unprotected furniture or finished surfaces. Be sure to cover your crafting area appropriately.
Start with clean hands, unwrap and knead clay until soft and smooth, or condition by running clay though a Pasta Machine. We recommend using a designated machine for clay purposes only. When working with multiple colors, clean hands with soap and water or baby wipes (we have found that baby wipes work best) before switching colors. Shape clay, pressing pieces firmly together. Wash hands after use.
Begin by preheating oven to 275 °F (130 °C). After you are done creating; for best results bake clay on an oven-proof surface such metal, aluminum foil, an index card or the Sculpey® Clay Mat at 275°F (130 °C) for 30 minutes per ¼" (6 mm) thickness according to package directions. Oven safe glass or ceramic surfaces are also acceptable for baking; however please note that the baking times may take longer as the glass or ceramic surfaces take longer to heat up. For best baking results, use an oven thermometer. DO NOT USE MICROWAVE OVEN. DO NOT EXCEED THE ABOVE TEMPERATURE OR RECOMMENDED BAKING TIME.
Since the clay bricks are already divided into 4 sections, cut one off and then slice out about 1-1/4 inch of the Canary yellow with your tissue blade.
Cut one section from the Ecru as well then, after you’ve conditioned it with your hands, roll it out and cut 3 logs about an inch long. Set aside
Work the Canary yellow into an egg shape as this will be your Mugglie’s body. NOTE from the designer. As you work with your Mugglie, you may have issues with distortion of the body. If your clay gets too warm, it may be best to let it sit for a little bit to cool the clay. Then reshape as you progress.
Slice about ¾ of an inch (or less) of the Ecru. Roll it out so the ends are tapered, then curve it sort of like a boomerang. You’ll need to pinch the curved side then press that section of the mouth onto the body and use your smoothing tool to help secure the mouth onto the body.
Using your medium ball tool, indent the section on the body where the eye will be placed. With your needle tool, collect a black bead and gently place it in the indentation you just made. In the same manner, place the other bead on the other side. Then use your thumb and forefinger to press both beads with the same pressure into the clay. Next, with the tip of your needle tool, draw a line under each eye in the clay.
Create 2 rice size pieces of the Ecru clay for eyelids and shape the eyelid around the upper part of the black bead. Use the needle tool to create creases on the lid for character.
With the small ball tool, create nostrils in the “beak” and with the medium ball tool, indent the corners of the “beak” for the mouth. Using your needle tool, drag along the “beak” from corner to corner to make the mouth.
Texture your Mugglie with the ball tools. It’s easier to do this before you put the legs and ears on.
Speaking of legs! Take the 3 logs that you cut and set aside. Cut one side of each at a 45 degree angle. On the other side, pinch the “foot” outward. Press the legs onto the body and use your smoothing tool to blend the legs onto the body. I also like to texture the legs a bit with the ball tools to bring some continuity to my Mugglie.
Roll out a couple of balls of Ecru – probably about 2mm in diameter. Flatten them out just a little bit. Use your larger ball tool and gently roll it into the flattened clay creating an indentation. Be sure not to make a hole. Place the “ears” on the head, usually a bit behind and up from the eyes. Using the same ball tool, press the “ears” into the head.
Roll out another bit of the Ecru. This will be for the tail. With your larger ball tool press an indentation into the Canary yellow on the backside of your Mugglie. Roll out the tail and taper both ends. Press one end of the tail into the indentation you made. NOTE: you may have to texture your Mugglie again before you add anything else.
Using your thin paint brush apply your pink pastel color to the insides of your Mugglie’s ears, nostrils and the corners of it’s mouth. Use your blue pastel to highlight around the eyes to create depth. I also like to brush a little of the colors onto the Mugglie and a bit of mica powder, but that’s up to you.
Bake according to the directions above for 30 minutes. Congratulations! You now have your own Mugglie! Nothing can stop you from making a whole herd of them.